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advice and consent of the Senate, appoint seven commissioners, three of whom shall be selected from the Engineer Corps of the Army,

And any vacancy which may occur in the commission shall in like manner be filled by the President of the United States; and he shall designate one of the commissioners appointed from the Engineer Corps of the Army to be president of the commission. The commissioners appointed from the Engineer Corps of the Army shall receive no other pay or compensation than is now allowed them by law,

and the commissioners appointed under this act shall remain in office subject to removal by the President of the United States. SEC. 3.

The Secretary of War shall, when requested by said commission, detail from the Engineer Corps of the Army such officers and men as may be necessary,

SEC. 6. The Secretary of War may detail from the Engineer Corps of the Army of the United States an officer to act as secretary of said commisssion.

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Act of June 30, 1879 (21 Stats., 45). AN ACT providing for filling vacancies in the office of Chief of Engineers, United

States Ariny. That so much of the act of June tenth, eighteen hundred and seventy-two, chapter four hundred and twenty-six, volume seventeen, page three hundred and eighty-two, Statutes at Large, as prohibits promotion in the Corps of Engineers above the rank of colonel, and all other acts prohibiting said promotion, be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

June, 14, 1880 ( 21–180).- A board of engineers to be convened to determine upon a plan for constructing an ice harbor at St. Louis; an officer of engineers to prepare a plan for the improvement of the harbor at Kewaunee, Wis.

March 3, 1881 (21-468).-One engineer officer to be detailed as member of a board to examine all inventions of heavy ordnance, and improvements of heavy ordnance, and projectiles that may be presented to them.

July 1, 188? (22-135). --Operations of the water department of the District of Columbia to be under direction of the Engineer Commissioner.

August 2, 188? (22-191).- A board of officers of engineers to examine the Calumet River, Ill., with a view to its improvement; skillful engineers to survey the Illinois and Michigan Canal for purpose of enlarging the same; no surveys to be made of rivers and harbors until the Chief of Engineers has reported that the work of improvement is a public necessity.

Act of March 3, 1883 (22 Stats., 531). AN ACT making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses

of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty-four, and for other purposes.

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STATE, WAR, AND NAVY DEPARTMENT BUILDING. The President is hereby authorized and directed to designate from the Engineer Corps of the Army or the Navy an officer well qualified for the purpose, who shall be detailed to act as superintendent of the completed portions of the State, War, and Navy Department building, under the direction of the Secretaries of State, War, and Navy,

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Act of July 5, 1884 (23 Stats., 133).

AN ACT making appropriations for the construction, repair, and preservation of

certain public works on rivers and harbors, and for other purposes.

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That a commission to be called the Missouri River Commission is hereby created, to consist of five members.

That the President shall nominate and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint five commissioners, three of whom shall be selected from the Corps of Engineers of the Army he shall in like manner fill any vacancy in said commission; and he shall designate one of the commissioners appointed from the Corps of Engineers to be president of the commission. The commissioners appointed from the Corps of Engineers shall receive no other pay or compensation than is allowed them by law

; and all said commissioners shall remain in office subject to removal by the President of the United States. That

the Secretary of War is hereby authorized and directed

to detail from the Corps of Engineers such officers and men as may be necessary, That

the Secretary of War may detail from the Corps of Engineers

an officer to act as secretary of the commission,

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Act of March 3, 1885 (023 Stats., 434). AN ACT making appropriations for fortifications and other works of defence, and for

the armament thereof, for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty-six, and for other purposes.

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And the President of the United States shall appoint a board, of which the Secretary of War shall be a member and president, to be composed of two officers of the Engineer Corps,

which board shall examine and report at what ports fortifications or other defences are most urgently required, the character and kind of defences best adapted for each, with reference to armament, the utilization of torpedoes, mines, or other defensive appliances,

For the purchase of movable submarine torpedoes propelled and controlled by power operated and transmitted from shore stations as may be recommended by the Board of Engineers of the Army of the United States and approved by the Secretary of War,

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July 20, 1886 (24-147).-One or more engineer officers to supervise construction of a bridge across the west channel of the Detroit River at Detroit.

Act of August 5, 1886 (24 Stats., 310).

AN ACT making appropriations for the construction, repair, and preservation of

certain public works on rivers and harbors, and for other purposes.

The Secretary of War is authorized and directed to appoint a board of three engineers from the United States Army, whose duty it shall be to examine, in all their relations to commerce, the Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan Ship Canal, connecting the waters of Green Bay with Lake Michigan, in the State of Wisconsin, with a view to making the same a free passageway and harbor of refuge, to consider their value, and all other matters connected with their usefulness to navigation, and which shall give information as to the expediency of the work and the desirability of their acquisition and improvement. The said board shall report to the Secretary of War, who shall lay its report before Congress at its next session, together with the views of himself and the Chief of Engineers of the United States Army thereon;

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The Secretary of War is hereby authorized and directed to ascertain the value and commercial importance of the works and property of the Green and Barren River Navigation Company, situated in the Green and Barren rivers, in the State of Kentucky, and of the Monongahela Navigation Company, situated on the Mononga hela River, in the State of Pennsylvania; and in order to acquire such information the Secretary of War shall appoint a board of three competent engineers from the Engineer Corps of the United States Army, which board shall in each case report to the Secretary of War

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The Secretary of War is authorized and directed to appoint a board of three engineers from the United States Army, whose duty it shall be to examine, in all their relations to commerce, the two improved waterways known as the Portage Lake and River Improvement Company Canal and the Lake Superior Ship Canal Railway and Iron Company Canal, being the improved harbors of refuge and the water communication across Keweenaw Point from Keweenaw Bay to Lake Superior, by way of Portage River and Lake, in the State of Michigan, with a view to making the same a free passageway and harbor of refuge, to consider their value, and all other matters connected with their usefulness to navigation, and which shall give information as to the expediency of the work and the desirability of their acquisition and improvement. The said board shall report to the Secretary of War, who shall lay its report before Congress at its next session, together with the views of himself and the Chief of Engineers of the United States Army thereon;

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The Secretary of War is authorized and directed to appoint a board of three engineers from the United States Army, whose duty it shall be to examine, in all their relations to commerce, the Illinois and Michigan Canal and the proposed Hennepin Canal, to consider their value, and all other matters connected with their usefulness to navigation, and shall report upon the acquisition and improvement of the Illinois and Michigan Canal and the construction of the Hennepin Canal. The said board shall report to the Secretary of War, who shall lay its report before Congress at its next session, together with the views of himself and the Chief of Engineers of the United States Army thereon;

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SEC. 7.

Provided, That no survey shall be made of any harbors or rivers until the Chief of Engineers shall have directed a preliminary examination of the same by the local engineer in charge of the district, or an engineer detailed for the purpose; and such local or detailed engineer shall report to said Chief of Engineers whether, in his opinion, said harbor or river is worthy of improvement, and shall state in such report fully and particularly the facts and reasons on which he bases such opinion, including the present and prospective demands of commerce; and it shall be the duty of the Chief of Engi neers to direct the making of such survey if in his opinion, the harbor or river proposed to be surveyed be worthy of improvement by the General Government; and he shall report to the Secretary of War the facts and wbat public necessity or convenience may be subserved thereby, together with the full reports of the local engineer.

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March 3, 1887 (24-472). - Board of engineer officers to examine map and drawings for bridge across the Great Kanawha River in West Virginia.

Resolution of March 5, 1888 (25 Stats., 618). JOINT RESOLUTION authorizing the Secretary of War to appoint a board of three

engineers to examine and report in relation to the Delaware River between the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey, and for other purposes.

That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized to immediately appoint a board of three engineers from the United States Army, whose duty is shall be to examine, in all their relations to commerce, the islands known as Smiths Island, Windmill Island, and Pettys Island, in the Delaware River, between the city of Philadelphia, in the State of Penrsylvania, and the city of Camden, in the State of New Jersey, which board shall forthwith report to the Secretary of War as to whether said islands, or any shoal in the said river between or adjacent to the said islands or any of them, constitute an obstruction to the commerce of the Delaware River or to the passage of vessels between the said States, and with a view to removing said islands and shoals to report a plan, with the estimate of cost for their removal, in whole or in part, and for the improvement of the harbor of the port of Philadelphia, including the probable cost to the Government of said islands, so as to secure free and uninterrupted commerce upon the said Delaware River, and the unobstructed passage of vessels to and from and between the said States;

May 24, 1888 ( 25–155).- This resolution authorizes the detail of an officer of the Engineer Corps, in cooperation with the Maumee Valley Monumental Association, to examine and inspect the enumerated historic grounds, location, and military works. Survey and full report to be made to Congress.

June 19, 1888 ( 25-195).- Three engineer officers to examine location of proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Hickman, Ky.

August 11, 1888 (25-400). -Board of three engineers to examine plans for improvement of Winyard Bay, South Carolina, and harbor of St. Augustine, Fla., and harbor at Key West, Fla.. and to examine obstructions to navigation at certain points in the Columbia River; Chief of Engineers to direct preliminary surveys of rivers and harbors if deemed by hir' worthy of improvement.

Act of September 22, 1888 (25 Stats., 487). AN ACT making appropriations for fortifications and other works of defense, for the

armament thereof, for the procurement of heavy ordnance for trial and service, and for other purposes.

That the appropriations hereinafter provided for shall be available until expended, and shall be expended under the direct supervision of

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a board to consist of
an officer of engineers,

to be selected by the Secretary of War, to be called and known as the Board of Ordnance and Fortification;

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AN ACT making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the

fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, and for other purposes.

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This appropriation and all appropriations hereafter made, and all sums available from appropriations heretofore made for this purpose, shall be expended under the direction and supervision of the Chief of Engineers of the Army, who shall have the control and management of all of said work and the employment of all persons connected therewith. And all contracts for the construction of said building, or any part thereof, shall be made by the Chief of Engineers of the Army;

and the duties of said commission under said act are hereby devolved upon the Chief of Engineers of the Army, who shall annually report to Congress, at the commencement of each session, a detailed statement of all the proceedings under the provisions of this act,

: Provided, That before any further contracts are let for the construction of said building, general plans for the entire construction thereof shall be prepared by or under the direction of the Chief of Engineers of the Army, which plans shall be subject to the inspection and approval of the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Interior:

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October 19, 1888 (25-632).–Authorizes the Secretary of War to use so much of unexpended balance of appropriation for the Washington Aqueduct tunnel in District of Columbia as may be necessary to protect and preserve the work already done upon that tunnel.

February 23, 1899 (25–690).-One or more engineer officers to survey a national road from the Aqueduct Bridge to Mount Vernon.

Act of March 2, 1889 (25 Stats., 905).

AN ACT making appropriations to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the

fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, and for prior years, and for other purposes.

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Water supply, District of Columbia.-To enable the Secretary of War to cause to be constructed and put in operation a forty-eight-inch cast-iron main from the present distributing reservoir above Georgetown,

to connect with the present forty-eight-inch main from the new reservoir at R and Fourth streets

The said work shall be done under the direction of the Chief of Engineers, in the shortest practicable time.

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